Tuesday March 3rd, 2015 00:01

9 Mar: Jerry’s Girls, Inventing Impressionism, and Female Film Critics

Salon Discussion: Female Film Critics

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

MUSICALS: Jerry’s Girls | St James Theatre | 3-15 Mar
Some classical Broadway for you here, with a musical revue based on the songs of multi-award-winning composer and lyricist Jerry Herman. Created in 1981 by Herman and Larry Alford, ‘Jerry’s Girls’ collectors songs from musicals including ‘Hello Dolly!’, ‘Mame, Mack And Mabel’ and ‘La Cage Aux Folles’. Details and tickets here.

VISUAL ART: Inventing Impressionism | National Gallery | 4 Mar – 15 May
The UK’s first major exhibition devoted to Paul Durand-Ruel, the entrepreneurial art dealer who discovered the Impressionists – a term originally meant to be derogatory. In the late nineteenth century, as they struggled for acceptance, Durand-Ruel took a punt on the likes of Monet, Degas, Manet, Renoir, Pissarro and Sisley and came out smiling (though not before he near bankrupted himself a couple of times in his devotion to the new style and its creators). Details and tickets here.

WORDS & EVENTS: Salon Discussion – Female Film Critics | BFI Southbank | 9 Mar (pictured)
As part of International Women’s Day, the BFI is hosting this discussion exploring the history of female film critics. Pamela Hutchinson, Sophie Mayer, Francine Stock and Catherine Wheatley will sit on a panel chaired by Sight & Sound’s Production Editor Isabel Stevens. Details and tickets here.

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Monday March 2nd, 2015 00:01

8 Mar: Lardo, The Collector, and Mr Elbank’s Beard

Lardo

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

THEATRE: The Collector | The Space | 3-14 Mar
Written by Mark Healey and based on the novel by John Fowles, this Lotte Ruth Johnson-directed production follows reclusively entomologist Frederick Clegg and the latest addition to his collection – not an insect but rather art student Miranda Grey. He attempts to keep her in a manner he feels she will enjoy so that he can admire her, she struggles to understand why she is being held against her will in a cellar with no seeming desire for ransom or sex. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Lardo | Old Red Lion | 3-29 Mar (pictured)
Lardo dreams of becoming a professional wrestler. When this dream becomes a reality, and he becomes an overnight sensation, his personal life descends into something reminiscent of a wrestling storyline. “The story sees how he copes when he is pushed to his own limit, and how those people he innocently neglected choose to help him, or not, when things get too tough”, says lead actor Daniel Buckley in this TWL interview. Details and tickets here.

VISUAL ART: Mr Elbank – Beard | Somerset House | 5-29 Mar
Beards, eh? There’s everywhere at the moment. Not least at Somerset House, where photographer Mr Elbank is exhibiting over 80 portraits of people and their facial hair. The show comprises Elbank’s ‘#Project60′ collection, created for skin cancer charity Niggles’ Beard Season, plus new and previously unseen works. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday February 12th, 2015 00:01

18 Feb: Grainne Maguire, Elliphant and Robin Lee’s Regrets

Gráinne Maguire

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: What Has The News Ever Done For Me? | Aces And Eights Bar | 18 Feb (pictured)
Comedian Grainne Maguire’s monthly topic panel show returns, with another three stand-ups called upon to convince the audience why their chosen news story is the one everyone should care about. Previous nights have asked such burning questions as, ‘Which is the more important of cuts to the NHS and the B*Witched reunion?’ Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Elliphant | XOYO | 18 Feb
Swedish genre-spanning singer, rapper and now iPad advert star Elliphant heads to London for a headline show at XOYO to give a taste of her debut album. An all too rare opportunity to see this up-and-coming star. Details and tickets here.

VISUAL ART/EVENTS: Regrets | Barts Pathology Museum | 18 Feb
This exhibition of Robin Lee’s art made with real life hearts is on show at Barts Pathology Museum throughout February. However, this ticketed evening event will give attendees the chance to view the work alongside the artist. There will also be heart-themed food and drink (Marinated ox heart, Bloody Mary served in syringes etc) created by chef Andy Evans, plus live music. Details and tickets here.

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Friday January 30th, 2015 00:01

5 Feb: Tony Law, Alpines and Marlene Dumas

Tony Law

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

ART: Marlene Dumas – Image As Burden | Tate Modern | 5 Feb – 10 May
The Tate hosts a display of works from South African painter Marlene Dumas, who’s known for her psychologically-charged style and leanings towards themes of sexuality, love, death and shame. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Green Milk Comedy Night w/ Tony Law | The Pipeline | 5 Feb (pictured)
This brand-new-as-can-be comedy night, which is based in a basement on Liverpool Street, is headlined by whimsical Canadian wild man Tony Law, and features Wales’ Welshest Matt Rees and duffel coat-loving stand-up Harriet Kemsley. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Unicef Next Generation After-Party w/ Alpines | Village Underground | 5 Feb
Children’s charity Unicef presents this ‘London-themed’ event in aid of its Syria Appeal. Kingston synth-pop pair Alpines play live, with DJ sets on the bill by ‘next gen’-type bright new things Any1 Bro and MNEK. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday December 17th, 2014 13:19

New Year’s Eve in London 2014

Queen & Adam Lambert

And the ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events happening this New Year’s Eve are…

A Bowie Odyssey | Shacklewell Arms
Capping off an astral 2014 for the Starman (what with the release of his latest greatest hits compilation ‘Nothing Has Changed’, and all), it’s this party from Ziggy mega-fans House Of Jealous Lovers & Brain Wash, which features karaoke, facepainting, a fancy dress contest and ‘Labyrinth’-ine visuals. Let’s dance! Details and tickets here.

Black Butter Records NYE | Electric Brixton
This 9pm-6am all nighter, hosted by taste-making label Black Butter, features an unbelievable NYE spread including BB royalty Kidnap Kid, My Nu Leng, Woz and Wayward and, crowning it all, the final live appearance by Biasonic label boss and breakbeat/garage man Zed Bias. Details and tickets here.

Craig Charles Funk And Soul Club New Year’s Extravaganza 2014 | Brooklyn Bowl
If you want some quality funk and soul in your ears as the new year rises up before you, then head down to the O2 Dome complex and its Brooklyn Bowl venue. Here’s BBC 6 Music’s Craig Charles will be hosting a night with a range of DJ and live guests. Details and tickets here.

Queen & Adam Lambert Rock Big Ben – Live | Central Hall Westminster (pictured)
THE Queen and their intern Adam Lambert will play their (Queen’s) hits at this special yet pretty pricey (tickets start at £118.15) New Year’s Eve show near Big Ben, and hey, it’s even going to be screened live on BBC One, slotting in around the River Thames fireworks display, and all that jazz. “OK – let’s rock into 2015!”, says Brian May. Details and tickets here.

Moondance NYE 2014 | The Scala
Moondance has an impressive show lined up at The Scala in Kings Cross, with old skool drum n bass, jungle, house, acid house and club classics all covered. Amongst the many names on the bill are Drumsound & Bassline Smith, Donovan ‘Bad Boy’ Smith, Hamilton, The Ragga Twins and loads more. Details and tickets here.

NYE at Fabric | Fabric
Always a winner, Fabric is back for its sixteenth annual New Year’s Eve blowout, this year headlined by Seth Troxler, Scuba and Jackmaster. Also on hand will be CW/A (live), PBR Streetgang, Magda, Heartthrob and, of course, residents Craig Richards and Terry Francis. Details and tickets here.

NYE at The Lexington w/ White Heat | The Lexington
Whilst indie disco party White Heat might’ve lost its Soho base of years and years – the now-closed Madame JoJos – earlier this year, the party goes on tonight at The Lexington, with lasers, smoke machines party poppers and on the decks, White Heat residents and Nightcare. Details and tickets here.

Slide & Get Diverted NYE w/ Gilles Peterson | Prince Of Wales, Brixton
The teams from Slide and Get Diverted go crew-to-crew with this big, Brixton-based mix of smooth global jams, headlined by the king of crate-digging Gilles Peterson, and also playing host to luminaries like Simbad and Eskimo Twins. Details and tickets here.

Vagabondz | Secret East London warehouse location
Congo Natty will be heading up the Vangabondz NYE bash, which features a great line-up of supporting spinners. Mala & Coki (aka Digital Mystikz) will be there, as will Sub Phizix & Strategy, MJ Cole, Newham Generals, Flava D & Moony and Goede. Details and tickets here.

Wiggle & Superfreq present Superwigglefreq | Number 90
And finally, Mr C will be up to no good with Wiggle and Superfreq at Number 90 down in Hackney Wick. As will Evil Eddie Richards, Nathan Coles, Malchevsky & The Little Dude, plus a secret special guest. If you can hack it, there’s an afterparty to take you through New Year’s Day at The Star Of Bethnal Green too. Details and tickets here.

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Friday December 5th, 2014 00:01

Thursday 11 December 2014 in London

Little Simz

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

EXHIBITION/PHOTOGRAPHY: Skinhead – An Archive | Ditto Press | 11 Dec
Coinciding with Ditto’s latest publication, a book tracing the lineage of the skinhead in art and society, this good-looking display of photography and ‘printed material’ features reactionary designs by menswear creative Martine Rose, DJs from NTS Radio, and free drinks. And the event itself, is free. Details here.

MUSIC: Little Simz + M.O | XOYO | 11 Dec
20 year old Islington rap prodigy Little Simz, who’s tipped by many (not least Jay-Z, via his Life + Times blog) to ‘break big’ in 2015, highlights her first EP ‘EDGE’, and litter of past mixtapes, with this headline show presented by Wireless Festival. Cool girl trio M.O and hip hop pairing OCD (aka Moosh & Twist) also play live. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Knight Of The Burning Pestle | Sam Wannamaker Playhouse | 11 Dec – 11 Jan 2015
Jacobean satirist Francis Beaumont’s ‘several plays within a play’, which is back in a puff of wig powder following a spirited first whip-crack at the candle-lit Wannamaker earlier this year, features Phil ‘Parklife’ Daniels and Pauline McLynn as a stage-heckling grocer and his wife. Details and tickets here.

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Saturday November 29th, 2014 00:01

Friday 5 December 2014 in London

The Bolt

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: Adam Kay & The Amateur Transplants – Going For A #1 At Christmas | The Tabernacle | 5 Dec
Former doctor and now-musical-comic Adam Kay conducts his band The Amateur Transplants in an all singing, all glad-tidings-bringing Christmas show with a dark side to it, as (as was discussed in Kay’s ThisWeek London chat circa last Xmas) is his wont. Details and tickets here.

EXHIBITION: Bolt | GRAD | 6 Dec – 28 Feb 2015 (pictured)
The Gallery For Russian Arts & Design hosts this exhibition digging in to Dmitri Shostakovich’s anarchic ballet ‘Bolt’, a black industrial satire full of all kinds of shady behaviour, which was hit with a Soviet government ban shortly after its debut in 1931. The original show, which featured real hammers and machine-inspired acrobatics, is reanimated here via a lively free-entry display of weird and witty scenery and costumes. Details here.

MUSIC: Metronomy | Alexandra Palace | 5 Dec
Modular pop oddballs Metronomy cap a storming year – which shoved off with the springtime release of the band’s fourth LP ‘Love Letters’ – with this over-sized show at London’s Ally Pally. Support is from Australian songwriter and ‘Avant Gardener’ Courtney Barnett and linear synth man NZCA Lines. Details and tickets here.

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Friday October 17th, 2014 00:01

Thursday 23 October 2014 in London

The Radical Nude

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

ART: Egon Schiele – The Radical Nude | The Courtauld Gallery | 23 Oct – 18 Jan 2015 (pictured)
An in-parts explicit exhibition of skin-baring naked pics, ‘The Radical Nude’ celebrates the revelatory work of very late Austrian expressionist painter Egon Schiele, who in his brief artistic lifetime became (and is still known as) one of the most significant figures in the development of modern art. Radical, dude. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Tom Wrigglesworth – Utterly At Odds With The Universe | Leicester Square Theatre | 23 Oct
Trailed by the mighty Mr Wrigglesworth himself (in his springtime chat with ThisWeek) as “80 minutes of hilarity, then ten minutes of an emotional free fall”, ‘Utterly At Odds…’ looks back on Tom’s relationship with his grandfather, incorporating poignant tapings of the two’s convos dating back to his childhood days. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: You Have To Forgive Me… | Ovalhouse | 23-25 Oct
Theatrical ideas man Brian Lobel’s ‘durational’ one-to-one show, in which he invites a single viewer to join him in bed and stream ‘Sex And The City’ for 45 mins. Apparently, it’s really an examination of intimacy, isolation and binge-watching, and also to a bid to trace the lasting significance of Carrie Bradshaw ten years on from the ‘SATC’ TV finale. Each performance will have an audience of one, and ‘pay what you like’ admission is only available to those that fill in, and pass, a 94-point questionnaire. Details here.

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Friday October 10th, 2014 00:01

Thursday 16 October 2014 in London

William Morris

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

ART/EXHIBITION: Anarchy And Beauty – William Morris And His Legacy | National Portrait Gallery | 16 Oct – 11 Jan 2015 (pictured)
Victorian artist, craftsman, writer and all-over visionary radical William Morris, him of printed floral wallpaper fame, is paid homage to in a spotlit showcase of his portraits, furniture, textiles, homeware and personal paraphernalia – many pieces of which are on display for the first time in all of time. Arranged alongside his work are bits n bobs by his contemporaries Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Edward Burne-Jones; plus a horde of books, jewellery, ceramics and clothing by Morris inspirees like Eric Gill, Terence Conran and Bernard Leach. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Stuart Laws – When’s This Gonna Stop | Hen & Chickens Theatre | 16 Oct
Oi, it’s ya boy, the spontaneous and slightly unhinged Stuart Laws, who in his Edinburgh-Fringe-reprising solo show ‘When’s This Gonna Stop’ will toy with topics like catchphrases, gibbons, Billy Joel, spiders and ‘Donnie Darko’. Details and tickets here.

DANCE: Rocío Molina – Bosque Andora | Barbican | 16-18 Oct
Skirt-tossing first-lady-of-flamenco Rocío Molina choreographs and stars in this dance based around the ‘animal’ instinct for survival, as a cast of two male dancers and six musicians accompany Molina in a whirl of drama, sound looping and, of course, some moving; all with a crisp and distinctly non-‘trad’ aesthetic. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday October 8th, 2014 13:43

Wednesday 15 October 2014 in London

The Rivals

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

ART: Rembrandt – The Late Works | National Gallery | 15 Oct – 18 Jan 2015
The rather disastrous autumn years of Dutch artist Rembrandt’s life are the focal point of this seasonal major show, which traces his increasingly radical and expressive style in an array of bold and self-examining paintings and prints, most emblematic of all his warts-and-all ‘Self Portrait At The Age Of 63′, which was finished in the final year of his life. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Mostly Comedy w/ Phil Kay + Luke Benson + Lou Sanders | Leicester Square Theatre | 15 Oct
“Bright and sparky” two-man package Doggett & Ephgrave host an in-the-mainly-comic night of… well… ‘Mostly Comedy’ by “accommodating” master-narrator Phil Kay, Amused Moose Laughter Awards finalist 2014 Lou Sanders, and tall class clown Luke Benson. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Rivals | Arcola Theatre | 15 Oct – 15 Nov (pictured)
Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s witty five-act society play circa 1775 is updated under the guidance of Selina Cadell. Gemma Jones stars as the formidable and gaffe-prone Mrs Malaprop, and Nicholas Le Prevost is Sir Anthony Absolute, a rich aristocrat whose son/heir pretends to be poor in order to woo the sentimental Lydia Languish. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday October 8th, 2014 12:49

Tuesday 14 October 2014 in London

The Hundred We Are

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

ART: ICA Off-Site | The Old Selfridges Hotel | 14-18 Oct
Team ICA check into the listed Old Selfridges Hotel for a week of free-entry events, designed to coincide with this year’s Frieze London art fair. Brooklyn-based dancer and curator Isabel Lewis kicks things off with a sequence of dance ‘occasions’ modelled on the drinking/love-making/philsophising symposiums of ancient Greece; with latter ICA link-ins with online-only alt station NTS Radio, the Siobhan Davies Dance co, NYC art man Korakrit Arunanondchai culminating in a ‘summit’ on contemporary art and ‘the politics of digital dirculation’. Details here.

ART: MirrorCity | Hayward Gallery | 14 Oct – 4 Jan 2015
A showcase of various artists’ reactions to the physical/abstract realities of life in ‘digital age’, ‘MirrorCity’ features features special commissions, and recently-made creations relevant to the theme, by Mohammed Qasim Ashfaq, Anne Hardy, Ursula Mayer, Katrina Palmer, Laure Prouvost, Hannah Sawtell, Lindsay Seers, John Stezaker and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Hundred We Are | The Yard Theatre | 14 Oct – 8 Nov (pictured)
Having awed critics and norms with his last play ‘Invasion!’, Jamie Harper once again looks to the Khemiri theatre co to ‘make real’ his latest script, which traces (and tangles) the lives of a radical young girl, a middle-aged homebody and a wise old sage lady in a fast-paced inter-mingling of time, space and identity. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday October 7th, 2014 14:27

Sunday 12 October 2014 in London

Pappy's

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

COMEDY: The Grin Bin w/ Phill Jupitus + Pappy’s + Sofie Hagen | Backyard Comedy Club | 12 Oct
A well-paced benefit gala evening-type affair in aid of England’s national roller derby team (and why not?), The Richard Sandling MC’d Grin Bin is literally spilling over with an embarrassment of comic riches; not least a headlining set by TV/theatre trash man Phill Jupitus, sketch pals Pappy’s, Scandi stand-up Sofie Hagen, and even ‘Game Of Thrones’ actress Gemma Whelan. Details and tickets here.

FILM: Chantal Akerman Day | JW3 | 12 Oct
Lovers-of-film A Nos Amours host this daytime symposium on artist and filmmaker Chantal Akerman, who specialises in meditations on loneliness, anxiety, alienation and unease. Alongside a number of curated showings of her work; the programme includes short papers, panel discussions, screenings of interviews – and indeed a live Q&A – with Akerman herself. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Oxjam Dalston Takeover | various locations | 12 Oct
LDN’s too-cool Dalston locale comes alive in the name of charity, with a single Oxjam ticket granting the right to party with a hive of DJs and live acts, like for instance Throwing Shade, Blue Hawaii, Livin Proof affiliates Budgie & Raj, Kit Grill and Bell Towers. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday October 2nd, 2014 14:34

Thursday 9 October 2014 in London

Doc Brown

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

ART: Alibis – Sigmar Polke 1963-2010 | Tate Modern | 9 Oct – 8 Feb 2014
The Tate Modern hosts this lifetime review of ‘insatiably experimental’ late German art rebel Sigmar Polke, who in his five decade career defied classification; dipping into painting, drawing, photography, film and sculpture, and also working with things like notebooks, slide projections, photocopies and many a ‘weird’ material. Like snail juice, to name one. The show’s title ‘Alibis’ is a nod to Polke’s scorn and hatred of the Nazi party, and to all those who relied and still rely on the alibi ‘I didn’t see anything’ as a way to shirk responsibility for the war crimes and atrocities of WW2. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Doc Brown – The Weird Way Round | The Forum | 9 Oct (pictured)
Doc ‘Ben Smith’ Brown, seriously smart comic, rapper, actor, cultural pundit and kid-brother-to-Zadie-Smith ponders ‘life, love and lyricism’ in his new show ‘The Weird Way Round’. Details and tickets here.

MUSICAL: Made In Dagenham | Adelphi Theatre | 9 Oct – 28 Mar 2015
Apple-cheeked starlet Gemma Arterton, off of films, here tries a bit of real-time acting (and singing, and dancing) as the fearless Rita, who leads the Essex girls – nay, ladies – of the Dagenham Ford car-making plant in a game-changing 1968 pay-strike. Based on the zippy 2010 film by Nigel Cole, which itself was based on real events that happened in real people’s real lives, ‘Made In Dag’ has a very credible creative team behind it, not least ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ script-writer Richard Bean, BAFTA and Grammy-winning composer David Arnold, Olivier-winning lyricist Richard Thomas (who also did ‘Anna Nicole’, FYI) and, to cap it off real nicely, acclaimed Almeida Theatre AD Rupert Goold. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday October 2nd, 2014 13:51

Wednesday 8 October 2014 in London

Tracey Emin

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

ART: Tracey Emin – The Last Great Adventure Is You | White Cube Gallery | 8 Oct – 16 Nov (pictured)
It’s easy to take a shallow reading of pre-Eminent (see what I did there?) artist Tracey E’s work, yet here she still is, as present and anti-relevant as ever, and represented in her first show at Bermondsey’s White Cube in five years. Featuring bronze casts and placques, gouaches, paintings, neon creations and her famed large-scale embroidery, ‘The Last Great Adventure Is You’ is, says Emin, a contemplation of “rites of passage, of time and age, and the simple realisation that we are always alone”. Details and tickets here.

DANCE: New Adventures – Lord Of The Flies | Sadler’s Wells Theatre | 8-11 Oct
This ballet adaptation of William Goulding’s novelette from dance maestro Matthew Bourne – him of all-male ‘Swan Lake’ fame – moves the ‘kids gone wild’ story of Ralph, Jack, Piggy et al from a desert island to an empty theatre, with a cast of muscular adult dancers posing as the book’s bunch of abandoned schoolboys. Which is always fun. Details and tickets here.

FILM: BFI London Film Festival | various locations | 8-19 Oct
So this is it, the big one. The big, massive, film-based one. The LFF. London. Film. Festival. Starting with a red carpet gala screening of the highly-anticipated ‘Imitation Game’ (aka the one with Benedict Cumbersquatch playing computing genius Alan Turing); it kinds of goes without saying that this year’s programme covers both movies by dyed-in-the-wool Brit directors – like Mike Leigh’s Timothy Spall-starring painter biopic ‘Mr Turner’, or ‘Dreams Of A Life’ filmmaker Carol Morley’s new feature ‘The Falling’ – AND the best in A-list and fringe cinema from all over the world. Details and tickets here.

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Monday September 29th, 2014 11:49

Friday 3 October 2014 in London

Harriet Walter

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

EXHIBITION: Terror And Wonder – The Gothic Imagination | British Library | 3 Oct – 20 Jan 2015
Taking off the coffin lid on 250 years of Gothica, the British Library’s ‘Terror And Wonder’ traces our fascination with all things wild, strange and macabre through an array of books, posters, film clips and ephemera. From Horace Walpole’s 1974 novel ‘The Castle Of Otranto’, to late greats of the genre like mother-of-‘Frankenstein’ Mary Shelley and ‘Dracula’ animator Bram Stoker, to modern horror aficionados like Stanley Kubrick, Alexander McQueen, to the bloody ‘Twilight’ books. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Goat | Roundhouse | 3 Oct
Whilst Swedish psych mystics Goat might keep their faces hidden behind masks, there’s no sense of the same secrecy to the acidic vibes, tribal hypno-pop incantations and serpentine arrangements of their latest LP ‘Commune’, which they’ll be placing parts of at this show, alongside slightly older hits from the band’s 2012 tour-de-force ‘World Music’. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Henry IV | Donmar Warehouse | 3 Oct – 29 Nov (pictured)
With ‘she-Hamlet’ Maxine Peake already doing it for Shakespearean gender-reversal over at Manchester’s Royal Exchange, here’s an all-female adaptation of Shakey’s’ ‘Henry IV’, the mid-point in a trilogy of collaborations between stage actress Harriet Walter and director Phyllida Lloyd, who linked so brilliantly on 2012’s ‘Julius Caesar’. Taking place in the ‘so hot right now’ scenario of a women’s prison, it’s a play about family, kingship, power and patriotism. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday September 24th, 2014 12:16

Tuesday 30 September 2014 in London

Here Lies Love

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

ART: Turner Prize 2014 | Tate Britain | 30 Sep – 4 Jan 2015
As per, the Brit art world’s most-over-hyped £40,000 award will this year be divided between four shortlistees – all British, all not yet 50. 2014’s nominated artists are political Irish filmmaker Duncan Campbell, print and textiles-maker Ciara Phillips, found filmographer James Richards, and fast-talking spoken-word/audio artist Tris Vonna-Michell. The Tate makes space for the their eligible installations/exhibits ahead of the big prize-giving on 1 Dec. Details and tickets here.

CABARET: Just Like That! The Tommy Cooper Show | Museum Of Comedy | 30 Sep
Dovetailing with the MoC’s big Tommy Cooper exhibition is this “hilarious and endearing” celebration of magic-making eccentric Cooper’s life, from his brilliant, ungainly stage act to his private relationships, which weren’t quite ‘all smiles’. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Here Lies Love | Dorfman Theatre, National Theatre | 30 Sep – 8 Jan (pictured)
‘Here Lies Love’, Fatboy Slim and thin man David Byrne’s collaborative disco musical inspired by the life of disgraced one-time Philippine First Lady (and high-heel-lovin disco diva) Imelda Marcos, twirls into the NT’s new Dorfman space. And since the staging is designed as an ‘immersive’ 360-degree experience, audiences are advised to arrive ready and dressed to dance. And jive. And then land in the splits, ideally. Details and tickets here.

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Monday September 22nd, 2014 15:26

Saturday 27 September 2014 in London

Anselm Kiefer

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

ART: Anselm Kiefer | Royal Academy Of Arts | 27 Sep – 14 Dec
The RAA’s prestigious Summer Exhibition is, this year, the biggest ever British retrospective of one of the world’s greatest living artists, German painter/sculptor/maker-of-installations Anselm Kiefer – who deals in big, brave, striking imagery designed to shock and provoke. Details and tickets here.

FILM/MUSIC: King Creosote – From Scotland With Love | Barbican | 27 Sep
This pointedly-timed post #IndyRef event finds Scots songwriter Kenny Creosote and his band playing their larger-than-life collaborative score to ‘From Scotland With Love’ – an archival film portrait of “love and loss, war, resistance, emigration, work and play” north of the border – along with the doc itself, which is directed by Virginia Heath. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Cape Wrath | Artsdepot | 27-28 Sep
A one-man travelogue staged inside a minibus, Third Angel Theatre’s Alex Kelly’s ‘Cape Wrath’ finds him retracing a trip his granddad made from the Midlands up to the north coast of his native Scotland to sit, look at the sea, and look back on his life. Kelly followed in his steps 20 years on, and here tells the story for an audience of only fourteen. Details and tickets here.

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Friday September 19th, 2014 12:36

Friday 26 September 2014 in London

Sahara Soul

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

ART: Nathan Sawaya – Art Of The Brick | Truman Brewery | 26 Sep – 4 Jan 2015
Nicely-timed given Lego is so totally ‘in’ right now, lapsed corporate lawyer and now artist Nathan Sawaya’s smash-hit global showcase, which was built one brick at a time over 4188 hours, mixes large-scale replicas of ‘The Mona Lisa’ and the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in with his own abstract creations. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Lust For Youth | 100 Club | 26 Sep
Danish ‘coldwave’ trio Lust For Youth translate the slick yet sensitive electronic pop vibes of their latest LP ‘International’ within the distinctly non-chilly confines of LDN’s cosy 100 Club. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Transcender Festival | Barbican/The Laundry | 26 Sep – 1 Oct (pictured)
A mini yet mighty festival of “ecstatic, devotional and psychedelic” music, this year’s internationally-gleaned Transcender celebrates its first night with a one-off show at The Laundry headlined by Sweden’s 28-piece Fire! Orchestra. Boosting the programme on latter days are the highly-watchable Sahara Soul – a group of musicians from all over Africa – plus the Britten Sinfonia’s rendition of Tavener’s ‘Flood Of Beauty’ and Iranian band The Kamkars. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday September 17th, 2014 16:45

Thursday 25 September 2014 in London

Snakes! The Musical

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

ART EXHIBITION: Witches & Wicked Bodies | British Museum | 25 Sep – 11 Jan 2014
A concoction of Albrecht Dürer’s aptly-titled 1501 engraving ‘Witch Riding Backwards On A Goat’, Francisco de Goya’s occult grotesques, and the Pre-Raphaelites sexualised, siren-like enchantresses; the British Museum’s free-entry ‘Witches & Wicked Bodies’ eyeballs representations of witches and witchcraft from the Renaissance era to the late 1800s. Details here.

FILM: Doc N Roll Festival | Hackney Picturehouse | 25-28 Sep
The cool-looking first ever Doc N Roll Festival, a tight schedule of rock-themed film screenings of a doc-like ilk, features the likes of new release ‘Looking For Johnny’ (which looks at the life of late New York Dolls/Heartbreakers guitarist Johnny Thunders, who died in 1991 aged 38); Stones Throw Records review ‘Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton'; a strand given over to Brit director Julien Temple (and a Q&A with JT); and, tonight, the London premiere of ‘A Band Called Death’, Mark Christopher Covino and Jeff Howlet’s doc on 1970s rock trio Death, who are oft-hailed as the first black punk band. Details and tickets here.

MUSICAL: Snakes! The Musical | Leicester Square Theatre | 25 Sep – 19 Oct
Quite Nice Theatre play a quite little theatre company searching for a £50 million investment to take their modest-sized musical adaptation of ‘Snakes On A Plane’ to the West End. A cleverly ‘meta’ piece of new writing with a “versatile, creative and energetic cast”, ‘Snakes!’ received a rave 5/5 review from ThreeWeeks at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe. Details and tickets here. And look out for a snippet from the show in the next edition of the ThisWeek London Podcast, out next week.

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Monday September 15th, 2014 12:50

Saturday 20 September 2014 in London

King Buzzo

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

ART: Constable – The Making Of A Master | V&A | 20 Sep – 11 Jan 2015
The V&A’s big-deal new mega-show reviews Great British Romantic John Constable’s main inspirations, techniques and legacy in re-examine his art in new ways. The exhibit will present JC’s quintessential Dedham Vale etc paintings (and the missing link between land and canvas, his game-changing oil sketches of earth, sea and sky) alongside works by the old masters of classical landscape. Details and tickets here.

CABARET: Miss Behave’s Gameshow | London Wonderground | 20 Sep
Miss Behave, the Olivier Award-winning first lady of late-night entertainment, presents her final extravaganza in the Spiegeltent this year, playing a medley of silly interactive games with a prize incentive, and dolloping in a mix of variety acts and disco so dirty, it’s suitable for sixteen year olds and overs only. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: King Buzzo | Oslo | 20 Sep (pictured)
Distinctive-haired King Buzzo, ruler of US rock’s great uncles Melvins, is still going strong on a solo basis (and still not appearing to give a single damn), and this unplugged Oslo show is all part of the party he’s throwing around his latest LP, the take-it-to-the-man-themed ‘This Machine Kills Artists’. Details and tickets here.

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